Cuiabá Esporte Clube
|Full name||Cuiabá Esporte Clube|
|Founded||December 12, 2001|
|Head coach||Roberto Fonseca|
|League||Campeonato Brasileiro Série C
|Série C, 13th
|Website||Club home page|
Foundation and early years
The club was founded on December 10, 2001, by the retired footballer Gaúcho. Cuiabá won the Campeonato Mato-Grossense in 2003 and in 2004. They competed in the Copa do Brasil in 2004, when they were eliminated in the First Stage by Goiás, and in 2005, when they were eliminated in the First Stage by Vila Nova.
Financial crisis and folding
In the following years, due to Gaúcho's dissatisfaction with the Federação Mato-Grossense de Futebol and a financial crisis after the club not renewing the contract with their sponsor, Cuiabá closed its football department in 2006.
Cuiabá reopened its football department in 2009, competing in the Campeonato Mato-Grossense Second Level. They also finished in the same year as runners-up in the Copa Governador do Mato Grosso, winning the competition in 2010, after beating Operário de Várzea Grande 2-0 and 3-1 in the final.
The club is owned by the Dresch brothers, who also own the Drebor Borrachas, a factory located in Cuiabá, they bought the club's shares from Gaúcho and started investing in the club. Drebor is also the club's sponsor. Cuiabá won the Campeonato Mato-Grossense again in 2011, after beating Barra do Garças in the final. They also competed in the Copa do Brasil in 2011, when they were eliminated in the First Stage of the cup by Ceará.
Cuiabá won the 2015 Copa Verde, their first major title outside of the state.
- Copa Verde: 1
- 2003, 2004, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015
Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.
- Ary Marques (2011-13)
- Mazola Júnior (2013)
- Luciano Dias (2014)
- Márcio Goiano (2014)
- Fernando Marchiori (2015)
- Josué Teixeira (2015)
- Ruy Scarpino (2015)
- Fernando Marchiori (2016)
- Flávio Araújo (2016)
- Roberto Fonseca (2016-)
Cuiabá Esporte Clube play their home games at Arena Pantanal. The stadium has a maximum capacity of 42,968 people and was built for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The club previously played their home games at Verdão stadium and during the construction of Arena Pantanal, played at Estádio Presidente Eurico Gaspar Dutra, commonly known as Dutrinha.
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